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Sabrina
(1995)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Sting
Kim Turner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
A&M Records
(December 12th, 1995)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
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The song "Moonlight" and the score were both nominated for Academy Awards. That song was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you are nostalgic for the romantic Golden Age style of elegant piano solos and conservative barroom jazz.

Avoid it... if you expect that dated sound to provide a convincing expression of elegance for the otherwise modernized adaptation of the classic story.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #335
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/22/08
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Sabrina: (John Williams) Remakes of classic Golden Age films are destined for tough scrutiny from hardened critics and audiences, and while director Sydney Pollack's revision of the 1954 romance Sabrina was both admirable in its adaptation for the 1990's and in genuinely valiant attempts by Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford to replace Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, audiences never warmed to the picture. Ormond and Ford were simply never Hepburn and Bogart, despite whatever chemistry they may have sparked on screen. Arguably part of the difficulty in remaking Sabrina was the forced modernization of the story. There was far less romance inherent in the surroundings of a 1990's world compared to that which existed in the original film. Famed composer John Williams was brought on board the project to help smooth over that transition and dependably provide a musical link to the Golden Age. Williams was coming off of his longest break from film scoring in many years, deciding not to take a scoring assignment in 1994 and instead focus on his concert tours and a variety of other projects. Undoubtedly, 1993 had been his strongest year in a long time, with Jurassic Park and Schindler's List both destined for greatness, and Williams had a difficult time living up to heightened expectations in 1995, especially by his own standards. Indeed, both of his 1995 film projects, Nixon and Sabrina, were generally considered failures, and his music for these films has fallen victim to neglect by even many of Williams' own fans. In the case of Sabrina, Williams was returning to a nostalgic age he was fond of reproduced in his very early years of composition. Long before his large-scale orchestral efforts, Williams produced echoes of the Golden Age in his barroom jazz-style compositions. Pollack undoubtedly requested this romantic sound for the modern incarnation of Sabrina and Williams responded with a predictable score straight from that era. Built upon Williams' favorite source of romance, the piano, Sabrina is an elegant, classically performed score unlike anything from the composer in the ten years before or after. But was it the right move by Pollack and Williams? Perhaps not, for this sound ultimately fell victim to the same criticism as the film.

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530 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.24 Stars
***** 126 5 Stars
**** 120 4 Stars
*** 116 3 Stars
** 92 2 Stars
* 76 1 Stars
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Sabrina- John Williams
Ana - December 2, 2010, at 7:15 a.m.
1 comment  (862 views)
Williams beyond Film Track
EJ - December 20, 2009, at 11:27 p.m.
1 comment  (998 views)
I think mr. clemmensen is wrong
samuel - June 28, 2008, at 10:04 a.m.
1 comment  (1447 views)
Awesome soundtrack & movie
jane - February 10, 2008, at 8:01 p.m.
1 comment  (1500 views)
I TOTALLY disagree with it
Sam - January 5, 2007, at 11:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1907 views)
A Classic Romantic Score
c.j. - June 3, 2004, at 8:35 p.m.
1 comment  (2177 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:31
• 1. Theme from Sabrina (4:30)
• 2. Moonlight - performed by Sting (5:20)
• 3. Linus' New Life (2:45)
• 4. Growing Up in Paris (3:02)
• 5. (In the) Moonlight (Instrumental)* (2:59)
• 6. Sabrina Remembers/La Vie en Rose (1:42)
• 7. Sabrina Comes Home (4:14)
• 8. Nantucket Visit (2:31)
• 9. The Party Sequence - suite of Golden Age instrumental songs (10:53)
• 10. Sabrina and Linus Date (2:40)
• 11. How Can I Remember?* - performed by Michael Dees (2:50)
• 12. Sabrina's Return to Paris (2:22)
• 13. Theme from Sabrina (Reprise) (5:23)
* not contained in the film

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